Columbus, Ohio July 26 - 28, 2019

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to AVW Studios for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film Burly Man will go on to represent Columbus against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

Burly Man by AVW Studios

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

Open Your Eyes by Whispering Daemon Productions

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

For the Tillerman by Backward Slate Productions

Required Elements

  • Character: Jordan or Jayla Tillerman, Detective
  • Prop: a paper towel or paper towels
  • Line: "How did you do that?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Burly Man by AVW Studios

Audience Favorite: Group B

Our 48, A Making Of... by Arch City Studio Team Gold

Audience Favorite: Group C

Curiosity Killed the Cat by Mime Wolf Inn Productions

Honorable Mention
Hard Bounty by GWAP CHEDDAH THRILLZ

Audience Favorite: Group D

Man's Best Friend by Edwin J. Hill

Best Writing

Behind the Scenes by g. rex productions

Best Editing

Our 48, A Making Of... by Arch City Studio Team Gold

Best Directing

Open Your Eyes by Whispering Daemon Productions

Best Cinematography

The Path by Initial Focus Media

Best Sound Design

Keepsake by Island Road Media

Best Musical Score

The Path by Initial Focus Media

Best Song

Singer's Lament by Tremor Films

Best Actor

Snoots! by Ghostbus

Best Actress

Open Your Eyes by Whispering Daemon Productions

Best Supporting Actor

Hard Bounty by GWAP CHEDDAH THRILLZ

Best Supporting Actress

A Kill Of Her Own by Psychedelic Kittens

Best Ensemble Acting

For the Tillerman by Backward Slate Productions

Best Effects

Burly Man by AVW Studios

Best Costumes

This Present Situation by Singular Vision Productions

Best Make Up

Snoots! by Ghostbus

Best Use of Character

This Present Situation by Singular Vision Productions

Best Use of Prop

For the Tillerman by Backward Slate Productions

Best Use of Line

Singer's Lament by Tremor Films

2019 Film List

  • 10-100 by Poorly Rendered Media

    After a call for a disturbance goes sideways, Detective Jordan Tillerman goes against orders to find the answers she needs.

  • 6 sided by Rusty Spork Productions

    Three individuals meet up for a deadly game of chance.

  • A Brush With Fate by Fox Leg Productions

    A young eccentric couple run into a big problem in a “small” issue.

  • A Kill Of Her Own by Psychedelic Kittens

    There's a killer in the family. Marcy just wishes it was her.

  • A Walk Too Far by Revolter Pictures

    An understanding of what happens when a film contest submission goes awry.

  • Behind the Scenes by g. rex productions
  • Burly Man by AVW Studios

    Detective Tillerman investigates a trail of bodies with one thing in common: murder by paper towel.

  • Curiosity Killed the Cat by Mime Wolf Inn Productions

    A young girl discovers a surprising truth behind her family's past at her grandmother's wake.

  • Decoy by People Inventing Motion Pictures, LLC.

    To win, sometimes you have to lose.

  • Desperados by Half A Paddle Productions

    Desperate cowboy negotiates suburbia.

  • Displaced by Q Media

    A young woman on a road trip was kidnapped and forced to use her detective skills to free herself.

  • Dream Catcher by Area Code Productions
  • Elenaur by Static Copy Island

    Retracing her missing fathers footsteps on an investigation, this woman discovers more than she expected.

  • Fish by Team Awesome

    A young detective on his first undercover assignment is engulfed in a cascade of lies, betrayal, and chaos.

  • For the Tillerman by Backward Slate Productions

    Strange things are afoot at the two-big peep show and ping pong club down off Dixie

  • Grasp by Tubesock Productions

    Two women navigating friendship, love, and it's consequences...

  • Gumshoes Diaries by Bottle Opener Studios

    Procedural detective show investigates small town murders. This time mechanic Fredrick Hudson was murdered and the crime was solved by a very slim chance.

  • Hard Bounty by GWAP CHEDDAH THRILLZ

    A sweaty detective reluctantly transports an endangered informant to his final destination

  • i guurso by Five to One Productions

    An American man falls for an immigrant Muslim woman and is confronted with the realities of love at cultural crossroads.

  • Keepsake by Island Road Media

    That's a killer trophy.

  • Let's Catch Up by Level Three Films

    These opposites don't attract, but blood runs deep.

  • Man's Best Friend by Edwin J. Hill

    A burglar gets more than he bargained for when he chooses the wrong house.

  • Murder She Thought by Digital Display

    In a peaceful suburb, one woman is compelled to investigate conceivably linked events, to the wonderment or dismay of her neighbors.

  • On The Edge by Big Bad Butterfly

    The Mayor's daughter is kidnapped and there is only one man that can save her - Detective Jordan Tillerman, a cop on the edge.

  • Open Your Eyes by Whispering Daemon Productions

    A logical detective finds herself out of her element while investigating a kidnapping involving a spiritual cult.

  • Our 48, A Making Of... by Arch City Studio Team Gold

    Two friends’ personalities clash while they make a movie for the 48 Hour Film Project.

  • Pleasure is the Biz by Gewis Lordon

    A police detective and an FBI agent compete over apprehending a drug dealer on vacation.

  • Redux by Waves of Earth Films

    A detective searches for a confession somewhere you wouldn't expect.

  • Remission by Stalwart

    Medical researcher ponders the nature of humanity.

  • Remove Before Flight by HJ Productions

    Detective avenges his slain partner

  • Road Trip by The production formerly and currently known as Incompetent Films

    They are in for the trip of their lives.

  • Room Temperature by Silent Trypodd Productions

    "Try to trust in your friends."

  • Singer's Lament by Tremor Films

    A detective investigates the death of a famous musician.

  • Snoots! by Ghostbus

    A clown finds himself in the middle of a detective's investigation after a series of unfortunate accidents involving a theater worker, a janitor, a jogger, and a child cancer patient.

  • Solum by Strawberry Jam Productions

    A detective in a post apocalyptic world has his world changed when he discovers he is no longer alone.

  • TBD by Roll Off The Couch

    Determine your future

  • The Ballad of Jebidiah Scrubs by Team Jr. Woodchuck

    The cleanly farm Jebediah finds himself in a heated confrontation with sheriff Tillerman over the murders taken place in their small town.

  • The Good Guys by G&G Productions

    Will Detective Jordan and his spies finally complete their mission, or is there another problem from within.

  • The Intruder by Trashly Productions

    A young women finds herself in danger when an uninvited guest makes an appearance in her home.

  • The Last Campaign by Arch City Studio Team Blue

    A group of friends face their greatest threat when a beautiful woman joins their weekly game session.

  • The Last Day by One Third Clueless Productions

    On the last day of school, something peculiar happens to a teacher and his student.

  • The Path by Initial Focus Media

    Before you receive enlightenment you must first walk the Path.

  • The Runaways by Dark Canvas Films

    Two Fugitives are on the run from the US government, Following their escape two detectives are on their trailer and hunting them...But, are they really Detectives

  • The Trap by Ginger Ghost

    He died in the line of duty. Think you can do better?

  • This Present Situation by Singular Vision Productions

    St. Nick has an accident, and a family gets a visit from The "Elf-B-I"

  • Well by Dr Eman's Island

    Space critters

  • You'res Truly by Cokes Media

    Grammar is important to some, but its life for Bobby.


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